How Much Food Storage Do I Need?

You know you need more food storage but you still have that burning question: What do I need and how much food is enough?

The following chart will help you determine how much you will need.

Suggested Amounts of Basic Storage Foods

The amounts in the chart below are for one person for one year. If you don't want to do the math for the number of people in your family, use our Food Storage Calculator.


Per Year Amount

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400 lbs.

Storing Grains
  • Wheat
175 lbs.  
  • Flour
20 lbs.  
  • Cornmeal
30 lbs.  
  • Rolled Oats
50 lbs.  
  • Enriched White Rice
80 lbs.  
  • Pearled Barley
5 lbs.  
  • Pasta
40 lbs.  
Legumes 60 lbs. Storing Legumes
  • Dry Beans
45 lbs.  
  • Dry Lima Beans
2 lbs.  
  • Dry Soy Beans
2 lbs.  
  • Dry Split Peas
2 lbs.  
  • Dry Lentils
2 lbs.  
  • Dry Soup Mix
7 lbs.  
Fats and Oils 10 quarts Storing Fats & Oils
  • Cooking Oil
5 quarts  
  • Shortening
2 quarts  
  • Mayonnaise/Salad Dressing
1 quart  
  • Peanut Butter
1 quart

Milk Group 16 lbs (or equivalent in canned milk) Storing Powdered Milk
  • Nonfat Dry Milk
14 lbs.  
  • Evaporated Milk
12/12 oz. cans  
Sugars 60 lbs. Storing Sugars
  • Granulated Sugar
40 lbs.  
  • Brown Sugar
3 lbs.  
  • Molasses
1 lbs.  
  • Honey
3 lbs.  
  • Corn Syrup
3 lbs.  
  • Jams or Preserves
5 lbs.  
  • Powdered Fruit Drink
5 lbs.  
  • Flavored Gelatin
1 lbs.  
  • Salt
8 lbs.  
  • Dry Yeast
1/2 lbs.  
  • Baking Soda
1 lbs.  
  • Baking Powder
1 lbs.  
  • Water
14 gallons* How to Store Water

* Obviously, this would provide drinking and cooking water for only a few days - less than a week. Much more water needs to be stored, if possible.

Fruits and vegetables in any form would enhance the nutritional value of this diet.

Bare-Bones Basics

Bare-bones basics have two strong appeals when you look at them strictly from a preparedness perspective: (1) these foods will sustain life if they're all you have to eat, and (2) they have a long shelf life, so if you aren't willing or able to work them into your regular diet, you can still store them for a future time of need and they'll wait for you without constant care.

A supply of bare-bones basic foods is a good place to start your home food storage program, but be sure to add some variety too.

Freeze Dried Products to Try:

Ready Store Pantry Cans
Ready Store Pouches
6-can ready packs

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